looks longer and more complicated than it is!
once you've done it 3 times, it becomes a automated workflow of your hands
1. make a copy of folder of your digicam images and name it oldie_minis_digipics (name the other folder '... originals' and don't touch them again)
2. take one image, open it in your program (e.g. gimp)
3. look for image/adjustment options like contrast, levels, curves, colours to adjust the image so that it resembles the original mini, colour and light as much as possible. play with these options around, you can always go back to your last saved state (or any history step if the program provides such)
4. save the image when satisfied. choose a high jpg quality (10 or 12, or maximum).
5.then change the image dimensions to e.g. no larger than 800x800px for your gallery here or max width 600px for the forums here.
6.many programs do have the option to do a 'save for web'.
which reduces the filesize for jpg (for the web) to another great amount, making pics of 800x800px at decent quality (e.g. 60% which is middle range of quality options) appr. 120kb (the max size for the galleries on this site)
the larger the pic in dimensions=the larger filesize
the more details and more colours=the larger filesize
the sharper the image=the larger the filesize
thus, you're always trying to get a good compromise of dimension/quality/details ...
save the reduced image with decent filename to a folder called e.g. 'one ring optimised images'.
7. choose your personal gallery here on this site
type in title and if you want image description
8. hit the UPLOAD button
9a with a 'browse' button you can browse to the image in that 'one-ring' folder, and upload it
9b at the forums use a similar function with the browse and 'host-it' button for uploading an image to imageshack.
10 the imageshack website opens in an own browser window where you have the choice of several image sizes (I usually take that with 'direct link to image'), copy the image filepath
11. in your message have a look at the many buttons above the white textfield. choose 'Img' (this produces a codetag in your text) then paste the imagepath. then hit the 'Close Tags' (again at the top buttons above the text fields
12. click preview at the bottom of the message to check if everything is as intended
13. if satisfied hit submit and expect our respect and admiration!
(have I forgotten anything?)